‘I Am My Own Wife’ Solo Show Explores Identity and Survival
I Am My Own Wife, Doug Wright’s fascinating deconstruction of the tangled lives that converge around the historical figure of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, at once subverts and exceeds the expectations established by the traditional one-person show. The playwright’s sophisticated deployment of various extended theatrical techniques adds to the pleasure of this richly layered account of a life spent in the shadows of first the Nazis and then the communists of East Berlin.
Instead of a unified point of view delivered entirely in the first-person singular, I Am My Own Wife strings together more than two dozen perspectives into a glittering kaleidoscope with an engaging enigma at its constantly shifting center. The brilliant actor John Tufts handles the show’s frequent shifts in time frame and in format with remarkable tact and dexterity...
‘Women in Jeopardy!’ West Coast Premiere of Comedy at Ensemble
With the possible exception of the Salvation Army, every organization in town goes through some kind of holiday-season identity crisis. “What can we do,” directors everywhere must ask themselves, “that only we can do?” The pressure becomes particularly acute for the artistic directors of theaters, who often feel that the range of potential answers is further restricted, until it can seem that the question is really more like “What can we do with The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol that only we can do?”
Santa Barbara Symphony to Present ‘Shakespeare Set to Music’
The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), will present a musical and theatrical tribute to William Shakespeare at the historic Granada Theatre on November 14 and 15. Featuring the full Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, “Shakespeare Set to Music” will include the Suite from William Walton’s lush film score for As You Like It, Prokofiev’s unforgettable Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Mendelssohn’s vivid incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its instantly recognizable Wedding March. The Midsummer Suite will feature scenes from the play with ETC artists. Tickets are now available.